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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Today in history—February 10

1258: The Mongols burn Baghdad to the ground.

1808: Civil engineer John Edgar Thomson is born in Springfield, Pennsylvania. As president of the Pennsylvania Railroad, will take it from 246 miles of track to 6,000 miles of track by 1874.

1897: The New York Times adopts the slogan, "All the news that’s fit to print."

1933: The Postal Telegraph Company of New York introduces the singing telegram.

1956: Elvis Presley records Heartbreak Hotel for RCA Records.

1957: The styrofoam cooler is invented.

1961: The Los Angeles franchise in the new American Football League moves to San Diego. The team is called "Chargers" in part because owner Barron Hilton had recently launched his new "Carte Blanche" credit card.

1967: The 25th amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified. It’s the one about what happens when the president becomes incompetent.

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